Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Sunday Salon: September 13, 2015


Good morning, friends. After a very summer-like week, it's cool and grey in central New York this morning. I'm breaking out a sweater and getting ready for some football. A few errands and household chores need to happen first, but it finally feels like a fall Sunday. Have I mentioned recently how much I love autumn?

The Friday night getaway with my mom and sisters was SO much fun! We stayed up talking and laughing until nearly 3 AM, but still managed a fair bit of shopping before returning home last night. I'm on my third cup of coffee this morning and still dragging...

Current reading//
I didn't read or blog as much as I'd hoped this week. Still, I am enjoying...

Whose Body? by Dorothy L.Sayers
My first experience with both Sayers and classic British mysteries, but surely not the last.


The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
I'm second on the library hold list, but decided to downloaded the audio version and listen until my turn comes. Hillary Huber's narration instantly carried me back into Elena and Lila's lives. I may fully give in to #FerranteFever and buy the book so I can read whenever I'm not listening.


On the blog//
Thoughts on The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck
Comment Frustration... hopefully, I've found a solution!
Tuesday Intro: Whose Body?

In the kitchen//
My favorite meal last week was one of the simplest in my regular rotation - Flounder Milanese with Arugula and Tomatoes from Skinnytaste.

I'm not sure the weather will cooperate this week, but soup sounds appealing... maybe some Butternut Bisque for lunches?

Looking ahead//


Banned Book Week is quickly approaching and I'd love to squeeze in a short book - maybe The Perks of Being a Wallflower  by Stephen Chbosky. This event always seems to sneak up on me. What is your favorite banned or challenged book?

Now I'm off to get started on those chores. I'll catch up on blog reading while watching the game. Hope you have a peaceful Sunday and get a chance to read a good book :)


It's Monday, What Are You Reading?  is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. While she is taking a break, check the hashtag #IMWAYR on twitter.

44 comments:

  1. We have officially declared this a no chores day...we have enough foods and supplies 'til tomorrow...My husband might slip out for local tacos for lunch though...and then football...all the rest of the day...

    Our fave dinner this week was Roasted Chicken With Mustardy Potatoes from my Sheetpan Suppers book!

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    1. Patty - I hope you enjoyed every moment of your "no chores" Sunday. Thanks for reminding me of the roast chicken with mustardy potatoes. That recipe is a favorite, but I haven't made it since last winter. I'll put it on the menu one night this week!

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  2. It cooled off her last night so I had a great morning to walk. Today's supposed to be nice but it's going to get warmer and warmer as the week progresses.

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    1. Kathy - I'm heading out for a walk right now... it's still in the 50s!!

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  3. I am loving the cool temperatures! Please, please, no more 90s!

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    1. Beth F - I think we've seen the end of 90s around here... at least I hope so!

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  4. It is cooler here too and the week will be cooler. The beginning of Autumn is my favorite season. Your dinner looks delicious. We are going to a seafood restaurant tomorrow - and that settles it - I'm having flounder. Glad you had a good time with your mother and sisters. Have a great week.

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    1. Pat - I was joking with my mother that I wished she had a birthday twice a year. We all have such a great time when we're together.

      Hope you get some flounder this week. I wasn't able to find it in the store for the last several weeks, so I'm wondering if the season is just getting started.

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  5. I am looking forward to Banned Week, but haven't yet picked a book. I probably have something on my shelves.

    That dinner looks so tempting...and The Story of the Lost Child appeals to me.

    Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. Laurel-Rain Snow - Not sure why I have such a bad track record with Banned Books week... probably because there are so many other fall events. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is upstairs in one of the girls bookcases. Hope I can get to it.

      Enjoy your company this week!

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  6. It's cool here but damp...I just finished traditional end-of-summer project to make and freeze a large vat :) of ratatouille...and now I'm procrastinating from the traditional end-of-ratatouille-making project of washing all those dishes. Enjoy your reading when you get back to it - you have one of my favorites in progress!

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    1. Audrey - Ratatouille in the freezer will be like gold in a few months! The cleanup though? Ugh.

      I'm about halfway through Whose Body and, even though I'm not much f a mystery reader, enjoying the characters very much!

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  7. Glad you had a good time with your mother and sisters. It was cool at our house this morning too - 64. Amazing. It won't last, but just a taste of fall. We're going to dinner with our daughter and son-in-law tomorrow evening and your fish looks good. I'll have to think about something like that or we may end up going to a Japanese restaurant and getting teppanyaki. I'm going to do a post for Banned Book week, but probably won't necessarily read anything new. I want to talk a bit about some of the books that have been on the list and how it was dealing with that when I worked at the library. Have a good week, JoAnn!!

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    1. Kay - That's a great angle for Banned Book Week - very creative and it doesn't require reviewing another book ;-)

      My mother, sisters, and I always have such a good time together... and treasure every moment! Hope you have a great week.

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  8. We cooled off too, but have warmer weather coming right behind! Sounds like a great time with your family.

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    1. Nise' - We're looking at 80s again by Wednesday, too.Guess it's not really fall quite yet!

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  9. If you get on with Sayers you must read Gaudy Night. It's wonderful.

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    1. Vintage Reading - Gaudy Nights has been recommended by other, too! Do you think I need to read the series in order or would it be okay to skip to it next?

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  10. Mid 60s and rainy today so our first pot roast in months is in the oven. Funny how our tastes change with the seasons. Got to get back to the Ferrante books.

    Have a great week.

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    1. Diane - Once again, Ferrante has pulled me in immediately!

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  11. Yay for fall weather- sweaters and football games. :) I love the crisper air, and soup too this time of year. Yum.

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    1. Greg - Yes! I love "football weather'... Have a great week.

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  12. We're having cooler temperatures unseasonably early so I'm a bit worried that it's a trick. We'll get used to cooler temps than bam! it'll be 90 again. It sounds like you had a wonderful visit with your mom and sisters and that butternut bisque sounds amazing. I have a freezer full of butternut squash that I'm going to figure out what to do with and bisque sounds pretty tasty. Have a great week!

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    1. Katherine - As soon as the weather turns even slightly cool, I start craving soup. My daughter and I both love the butternut bisque, but I'm afraid we'll be back in the 80s before I get a chance to make it :(

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  13. It has been a divine Fall-ish day in my neck of the woods today. Every window and door in the house open to take in a great breeze, and I don't think we even hit 80 degrees. But it will warm up as the week progresses and hopefully we are still weeks away from turning on any heat. I haven't started "the Lost Child" yet ... trying to make myself finish a couple of others first. Hope your week gets off to a sunny start!

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    1. JudyMac - I really tried to finish a couple of other books, but the lure of The Lost Child was just too great! Good idea to use it as as reward :)

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  14. Sounds like you had a fun girls' night away. We are apparently in for a heatwave this week and Spring has only just arrived, does not bode well for summer. Banned Book Week snuck up on me too but I'd like to squeeze something in, maybe a kid's book. Love the cover of The Story of the Lost Child, haven't heard of the series before now but I'm off to check it out. Have a great week and happy reading :)

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    1. Teddyree - A heatwave for you already?? I think I'd be getting nervous about summer, too. It was certainly one of extremes for us.

      Ferrante's series is strangely addicting. After the first book, I wasn't even sure I would continue but kept thinking about it for months. Then I raced through books 2 and 3 in July... now book 4 has just been released.I can;t put it down!

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  15. Glad you've found an answer to the comments issue.

    The night away sounds wonderful and I'm feeling a tad envious cos I could use something like that myself at the moment. (Guess I just need to plan something, don't I?!)

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    1. Deb - I think we all need to treat ourselves to those getaways more often.. I always come back so refreshed! Hope you can schedule one soon :)

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  16. I love fall and cooler temps. We had a brief break in the hot weather this weekend, but it's warming up again. I think we'll be back in the high 80s all week. I'm going to see if I can get some flounder at a place that sells fresh seafood here in town. They have it flown in every a.m., so we'll see. Otherwise, I may just have to go with orange roughy or tilapia. Have a great week, JoAnn!

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    1. Les - I wasn't able to get flounder for the past few weeks, so am wondering if it's just come into season - never can keep it straight for seafood! Haven't had much orange roughy, but tilapia is a regular. Good luck!

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  17. We are having some cooler weather this weekend, but I'm sure it won't stay...fall rarely arrives in full force here until after Halloween. Enjoying this weather while it lasts, though. I love fall, too.

    Here's my It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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    1. Deb - Halloween can usher in winter for us... it always keeps us guessing.I can remember trick-or-treating without coats one year and a snowstorm the next! Happy fall :)

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  18. I'm so excited football season is ON!! And - a real life friend was telling me yesterday how much she loved The Story of the Lost Child. Have a great week!

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    1. Sarah - I love watching football... almost as much as college basketball! Haven't seen any reviews of the The Story of the Lost Child yet, so I'm glad to know your friend loved it. The first few chapters are VERY promising!!

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  19. I really enjoyed the whole Peter Wimsey series. Your fish recipe looks good too. Here is my Monday Report. Happy reading!

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    1. Kathy - I'm not a big mystery reader, but Lord Peter is very entertaining! This is going to be a fun series.

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  20. That flounder sounds and looks amazing! I am trying to branch out in the types of fish I eat. I will have to try that recipe.

    I am glad you had fun with your family! Any morning that starts with needing extra coffee means you had a great time the night before! Lol.

    I am starting to get excited for fall- the cooler weather snuck up on us as well, and I am loving it. :) Have fun reading this week!

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    1. Erin - That flounder recipe is one the quickest, easiest dinners in my rotation. If you're a seafood fan, definitely give it a try! Hope you get some reading time this week, too :)

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  21. We turned on the heater this Sunday. It got so cold in the morning! Already, many are wearing jackets to work. It does get warmer during midday and temperature stays in the 80s, but the mornings and evenings are frigid.

    So glad you had a lot of fun with your mom and sisters. Happy belated birthday to your mom!

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    1. Athira - I try to avoid turning on the heat until October, although when the kids were little I didn't hesitate. Today was my mom's actual birthday. I was able to have lunch with her and continue the celebration :)

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  22. I'm really looking forward to hearing what you think of the final Neapolitan novel. Is it the best one? I haven't started Book 1 yet but I have it on my list. I plan to dust off the Watchman novel this week

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    1. Thecuecard - The second novel is the strongest so far, but this could end up being even better!

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